Vatican City, Nov 20, 2013 / 11:51 am
Continuing his efforts to promote a "culture of encounter" with the disabled, Pope Francis again embraced a severely disfigured man after his Nov. 20 weekly audience in St. Peter's Square.
The Pope spoke with a man who lacks facial features, embraced him and gave him a blessing. Pope Francis then smiled at the man, kissed him and gestured toward the sky in the midst of a crowded square.
The cause of the man's disfigurement was not known. His identity is also not known, the British newspaper The Daily Mail reports.
It is the second time this month that the Pope's hospitality towards the disfigured has drawn public attention.